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Are you feeling called into full-time ministry, but life, and other responsibilities are pulling you in different directions?

At Cedar Springs, we understand life’s busyness can be overwhelming, leaving you longing for deeper connections, purpose, and peace.

That is why we are excited to introduce a unique opportunity that can assist in making the call to be in ministry a reality. Let us help you find out how we can equip you to answer the call!

What is the Ministry Residency Program?

Cedar Springs Presbyterian’s Ministry Residency is a 5-year initiative to help future ministry leaders deepen their connection with God, discover their true purpose, and become church leaders.

During the program, Ministry Residents will:

Earn a Master of Divinity

Enroll in the Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) Hybrid (MDiv) Program and earn a prestigious degree that equips you for impactful ministry.

Gain Practical Experience

Spend five years actively engaged in various aspects of local church ministry, learning from our gifted and experienced staff. Monthly rotations in all ministry areas guarantee real, on-the-job training and experience.

Discover Your Gifts

Identify your unique gifts and the Lord’s calling on your ministry through hands-on experience.

Have Financial Support

We provide a competitive salary of $40,000 with comprehensive benefits while covering the cost of seminary education and necessary travel.

Why is This Program Vital?

The church needs leaders who are both theologically sound and practical in their approach to ministry. Cedar Springs is uniquely positioned to nurture the next generation of church leaders. With our financial resources, structural support, and experienced mentors, we can partner with future leaders as they take their next steps.

The Ministry Residency equips future leaders in ministry for:

Leadership In A Church Setting

Join Cedar Springs as a full-time staff member, making a lasting impact in our church community. Or, contribute as a key staff member in ministry, assisting Christ’s church domestically and abroad.

Church Planting

Equipping and helping those God is leading to plant churches that extend Christ’s love to new communities.

Discovering and Developing Your Gifts and Passion in Ministry

Preparation for kingdom ministry overseas or in a parachurch setting.

Who is Eligible to apply?

Men and Women in Ministry

If you are involved in ministry and would like to turn it into your full-time vocation, this program can help you bridge the gap between your call to ministry and completing your seminary degree.

Candidates for Seminary

If you desire a seminary education and degree but are facing financial challenges, this program provides full support to make your call to ministry a reality.

Seekers of a Second Act

If you are considering a career pivot into ministry and do not know where to begin, this program offers the guidance and support you need.